10 Recipes Under 30 minutes to Inspire You to Pack Your Lunch


Short on time, but want a healthy and delicious lunch? We've crafted ridiculously easy meals that you can whip up in less than half an hour.

From pasta to hummus, these recipes take simple ingredients to a tasty lunch with minimal cooking. And if you have a sweet tooth and want breakfast for lunch, we've also got you covered.

To keep your lunch fresh, lock it in a leakproof container until it's time to eat. Check out our airtight Twizz Lunchbox collection.

 

1. Caprese Pasta

Serves 1

20 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1.5 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1.5 cup vegan mozarella
  • 80g fusilli pasta
  • Basil, to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Method

  1. Boil water and cook pasta until al dente. Cool under running water and set aside.
  2. Chop cherry tomatoes into quarters.
  3. Dice mozzarella into smaller cubes.
  4. Shred a couple of basil leaves into smaller pieces by hand, if you like.
  5. Combine pasta, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and basil in a leakproof lunchbox.
  6. Close lunchbox and shake to combine.
  7. Open lunchbox and drizzle with extra virgin olive to finish.

 

2. Zucchini Noodles with Vegan Feta Recipe

Serves 1

15 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 zucchini
  • 200g cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup vegan feta, crumbled
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Basil leaves (optional)

Method

  1. Wash vegetables.
  2. Process zucchini with a spiraliser to form noodles, and place into a bowl
  3. Halve cherry tomatoes, and add to spiralised zucchini.
  4. Top zucchini and cherry tomatoes with crumbled feta.
  5. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Tear a few basil leaves to add in, if you like.
  7. Toss all ingredients together to finish.

 

3. Avo Tuna Salad Recipe

20 minutes

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 3 cans of tuna in brine
  • 3 medium avocados, diced
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup cilantro
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Method

  1. Drain cans of tuna, and place tuna in a serving container.
  2. Add avocado, cucumber, red onion, cilantro, and lemon juice.
  3. Add extra virgin olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Thoroughly mix together, and enjoy.

 

4. Carrot Hummus

Serves 2

30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 carrots
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 200g chickpeas
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

 

Method

  1. Wash, peel and chop carrots into large and flat pieces.
  2. Place carrot slices on a baking sheet. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper
  3. Cover with aluminum foil and roast until the carrots are tender and soft. This should take around 15 minutes.
  4. Remove carrots from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature.
  5. Place the carrots, garlic, tahini, lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and chickpeas in a food processor.
  6. Pulse to combine and break apart slightly.
  7. Puree until smooth and even pale orange in colour.
  8. Serve with root vegetable chips, pita bread or crackers for dipping.

Cook’s note: If using organic chickpeas, you may need to add 1/4 cup water just to loosen the mixture, as they tend to be a bit drier and tougher than regular canned beans.

 

5. Vegan Spinach, Pomegranate and Feta Salad

Serves 1

15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 handfuls baby spinach
  • 1 cup crumbled vegan feta
  • 1 cup broken walnuts, broken
  • ¼ cup sliced red onions
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper

Method

  1. For salad, place spinach, feta, walnuts and sliced onions into leakproof container.
  2. For vinaigrette, mix extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar and add salt and pepper (to taste) in a small sauce container.
  3. Toss salad with vinaigrette, and enjoy.

 

6. Keto Ham and Egg Muffin 

Serves 1

30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup bacon
  • ½ cup tomato, diced
  • 2 tsp shallots, finely diced

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. 
  2. Oil muffin baking pan.
  3. Crack one egg into each muffin cavity.
  4. Divide bacon, tomato and shallot between 6 cavities, or as desired.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, or until eggs are cooked, and enjoy.

 

7. Pesto, Rocket Freekeh

Serves 1 

20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup freekeh
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 3 Tbsp pesto
  • ½ cup feta
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper

Method

  1. Add freekeh and boiling water to microwave safe container.
  2. Microwave for 10 minutes (600W microwave), and let sit covered for 5 minutes.
  3. Drain excess water from freekeh.
  4. Combine cherry tomatoes, pesto, feta, salt and pepper with freekeh, and enjoy.

 

8. Keto Tuna and Egg Salad

Serves 1 

20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 can tuna
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp capers
  • ¼ cup red onion, diced
  • 4 Tbsp (60mL) mayonnaise
  • ½ tsp mustard
  • 2 boiled eggs, diced
  • Pinch salt and pepper
  • Drizzle extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ Tbsp lemon juice
  • 30g cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 cup leafy greens

Method

  1. Mix all ingredients, except cherry tomatoes and leafy greens, in a leakproof container.
  2. Top with cherry tomatoes and leafy greens.
  3. Toss into your bag, and enjoy for lunch.

 

9. Strawberry Chia Pudding 

Serves 1 

20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Freeze-dried strawberries

Method

  1. Mix chia seeds, milk and vanilla extract in a sealable container.
  2. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or leave overnight
  3. Top with strawberries and enjoy. 

 

10. Mango Overnight Oats

Serves 1

10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 1/2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup mango, diced

Method

  1. Add rolled oats, almond milk, agave nectar and mango in an airtight lunchbox.
  2. Combine well.
  3. Leave in the fridge overnight, or for a minimum of 4 hours.
  4. Serve topped with freeze-dried peaches or any fruit of your choice.

 

We'd love to see your lunchbox creations! Tag us @makiasworld on Instagram.

 

 

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